ERIC Number: EJ721673
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Reference Count: 40
An Evaluative Case Study of the Dilemmas Experienced in Designing a Self-Assessment Strategy for Community Nursing Students
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, v31 n1 p37-53 Feb 2006
The Dearing Report's (1997) radical proposals challenged lecturers in higher education to develop innovative assessment strategies. This paper explores the dilemmas experienced by one teaching team in designing and implementing a student self-assessment strategy within a community nursing degree programme. The paper reviews the impact on students' sense of autonomy and critical thinking skills. In addition, it considers, in depth, the risks associated with developing and implementing a strategy involving self-assessment. Drawing on a range of sources it examines the drivers for the initiative, the response from the range of stakeholders involved and the impact on the student experience. The academic team found that developing such a creative initiative is time consuming, provokes anxiety and requires extensive negotiation and collaboration between academic and practice colleagues. However, the adoption of a self-assessment initiative has a significant effect on students' critical thinking skills and warrants the effort.
Descriptors: Nursing Students, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Student Experience, Personal Autonomy, Critical Thinking, Case Studies, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)